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Former acting president of Bolivia Jeanine Áñez is arrested for an alleged coup against Morales

In 2019, Morales resigned and fled Bolivia after intense protests against allegations of electoral fraud

Jeanine Añez at the time of her arrest, according to images released by the Ministry of Government of Bolivia. Photos: Ministerio del Gobierno, Bolivia.
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  • On Friday, the day she was arrested, Áñez shared a copy of the arrest warrant on social media with her name and that of many who formed her ministry;
  • She said the document contained allegations of terrorism and sedition against them. “Political persecution has started,” she said. “MAS decided to return to the style of the dictatorship.”

The former interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, was arrested on Friday for her alleged involvement in an alleged coup to remove ex-president Evo Morales in 2019, the country’s government said.

That year, Morales resigned and fled Bolivia after intense protests against allegations of electoral fraud. Former Senator Áñez then took over as interim president. However, almost a year later, Morales’ socialist party, MAS, returned to Presidency by winning the October 2020 elections.

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Government Minister Eduardo del Castillo said via Twitter that the Public Ministry issued an arrest warrant against Áñez “due to the case of the coup in our country.

On Friday night, Áñez shared a copy of the arrest warrant on social media with her name and that of many who formed her ministry. She said the document contained allegations of terrorism and sedition against them. “Political persecution has started,” she said. “MAS decided to return to the style of the dictatorship.”

During her government, Áñez also promoted arrests of some members of the previous government. In October last year, Morales’ former Economy Minister Luis Arce won a landslide victory for MAS to become president, allowing Morales to return from exile.

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According to Reuters, Bolivian prosecutors seek two former military commanders accused by the current government of being involved in the alleged coup against Morales: former police chief Yuri Calderón and former military commander Williams Kaliman on terrorism, sedition, and conspiracy charges.

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